‘Completely irresponsible’: Judge in Chauvin trial threatens to boot reporters from court 

The murder trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is underway, at least in terms of the jury selection process, and it’s bringing renewed media attention to the controversial case.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, however, is clearly not a fan of the press coverage. According to the Daily Caller, the judge reportedly threatened to remove reporters from his courtroom in response to the actions of certain journalists covering the trial.

“Absolutely inappropriate”

During court proceedings on Wednesday, members of the press pool allegedly attempted to sneak a peek at information related to Chauvin, whose actions during the fatal police stop of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests last summer.

Cahill issued a warning to reporters over an alleged attempt to view notebooks being used by prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as a report that detailed the security measures in place during the high-profile trial.

According to the Associated Press, the judge described the attempts to view private notebooks as “absolutely inappropriate” and called out the “completely irresponsible” media reports outlining various security protocols for the trial.

Without naming specific outlets or reporters, the judge also warned the media that they could be banished from the court’s media center for the duration of the Chauvin trial, the AP noted.

Because of the ongoing public health crisis and the circumstances surrounding the trial itself, only two reporters from a large media pool had been permitted in the courtroom at the same time.

Laser-focused media

The entire trial has been broadcast live for the general public to observe, however, which is reportedly a departure from the norm among Minnesota courts.

In addition to threats about removing media from the court, Axios reported that Cahill is also considering the possibility of delaying the trial or moving it to a different venue.

Those serious measures are on the table as a result of the extraordinary amount of media coverage and publicity surrounding Floyd’s death and Chauvin’s impending trial. Another attention-grabbing detail was the $27 million settlement from the city to Floyd’s family, which was announced near the start of the jury selection process.

Among the concerns surrounding that intense media spotlight is the potential difficulty of assembling a 14-member jury — 12 jurors and two alternates — that has not already been tainted or overly exposed to details rendering them incapable of serving as unbiased jurors.

It remains to be seen whether the reporters covering the trial take heed of the judge’s warnings or if Cahill will be forced to follow through on his threat to remove the press from his courtroom.

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11 Responses

  1. Good information to know. I hope the judge bans ALL reporters.The country is tired of them spinning information the way that they do. Let them wait outside for the final verdict. All they do is inflame these situations.

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  3. The only reason I see for him to be outraged is hes gonna unjustly convict the innocent officer. Floyd ingested a lethal amount of dope. When he was stopped he was claiming he couldn’t breathe then! Then the criminal resisted arrest and got what he had coming! Chauvin should be aquitted!!!!!!

  4. Freedom of press does not usurp freedom of speech to others not in the press nor exempt them from accountability when they lie and deceive or try to manipulate data to promote propaganda over truth. Not enough accountability to those out to twist and manipulate info vs report truth for those who follow bias and agenda over truth. Truth is a sword. Usually criminal actions by the press and controlled media is followed with a slap on the wrist at best like they are so special exempt from accountability. I would jail most of them for how they create division between people and promote agenda and blatantly lie and deceive. Then you would have HONEST media.

  5. Reporters in this country have been irresponsible for decades. Nice of a judge for finally calling them on it.

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